Originally Posted by Tcbtennis
You seem well meaning but you have a lot of misinformation. First of all, of course it isn't a sure thing that Taylor would have won the National in order to receive the wild card into the main draw. But I can tell you that the odds are better when you are actually allowed to enter the tournament. And just because a player beat you one week means absolutely nothing. Anyone who has competed in tennis knows this. You learn from the first match and make adjustments. Maybe they work or maybe they don't. But you do not make predictions based on one match.
Lastly, at age 15, Taylor is not allowed to play a complete pro schedule. If I remember correctly, she must be 16 or 17 years old before she can compete fully in the women's tour. Since she just turned 15 she has time to work on her fitness. As someone posted earlier, after the US Open would be a perfect time to do this.
I am not making predictions based on one match and perhaps Taylor Townsend (#1 ITF Junior) in the world would have won that national tournament easily. (Who cares?) If the USTA thought that she was in shape and could compete in the main draw they could have given her a wildcard. She is 16 years old and may play in (12) tournaments and can receive (4) wildcards at any pro level event. If she was in good condition and could move faster than a snail, then allowing her to play (12) professional events, all (4) grand slams, perhaps a couple of other grade A junior events, and just focus on game improvement and more fitness may have been the best thing to do. What do you think?